I love a good bracket (few things are more American), and kit brackets are of course the best brackets. This particular all-time bracket possesses an interesting format too: each current MLS team has picked out the best jersey from their (in some cases VERY short) history, and the remaining spaces have been filled out by wildcard choices from our friends at Classic Football Shirts.
It’s great to see Classic involved, and as you’d expect their choices are all on the money. But when I looked at the team choices, I had to smile. There have been some stunning MLS kits over the years, but some teams completely fluffed their lines and somehow managed to pick out some of their WORST ever kits.
It’s time to set the record straight though. Here are 8 shirts that deserve a place in the bracket.
In all fairness to LA Galaxy, they had the hardest job of any team to pick just one shirt. Their jersey history is frankly ridiculous, and at least 3 or 4 of their shirts would be strong contenders to make the final.
It’s a shame the 1997 home missed out though. Unlike the 1996 home, this design has aged incredibly well and the colour scheme and design is one of the best late 90s combinations you’ll find across ALL teams, let alone just MLS teams. This would be my personal choice for winner of an all-time MLS jersey bracket.
I love Seattle Sounders shirts, and their Xbox sponsor is probably my favourite ever MLS sponsor. The choice of the black kit from 2014 feels quite underwhelming considering their jersey history though. I’d have preferred the away shirt from the year previous, which featured a vertical stripe that weaved together the club colours.
(Also THEDjimi Traore scored a 30-yard screamer wearing this shirt. That has to count for something).
Real Salt Lake fans deserve so much better than this.
The 2018 home is easily one of the most disappointing in the bracket, and the completely forgettable jersey could’ve been superseded by almost any other design from RSL’s history. I’ll plump for the 2012 home though, one of a range of asymmetric designs which showcase the best in early 10s shirt design.
The retro Kansas City Wizards kit deserves to win the bracket in my humble opinion (even though I prefer the 1998 rainbow kit), but unfortunately the Sporting Kansas City offering here is a swing and a miss.
Give me something like the 2015 Sporting KC third instead. The white and silver design is breathtaking and the sort of aesthetic you’d expect to see on a good anniversary kit. It wouldn’t topple the 90s Kansas kits, but it’d stand a chance against most other designs in the bracket.
Toronto completely fluffed their lines, offering up the vanilla 2017 home for consideration. Give me the 2013 vintage instead, with its fantastic, patriotic geometric maple leaf. There’s a reason the upcoming Canada national team home kit will feature a similar design, it works and certainly gives the team something of an identity.